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Gang targets Finchley Road Waitrose in smash and grab raid

PUBLISHED: 12:26 19 January 2018 | UPDATED: 12:26 19 January 2018

Waitrose break in. Picture: JON KING

Waitrose break in. Picture: JON KING

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A gang armed with a hammer raided a supermarket in the early hours as staff worked inside.

Waitrose break in. Picture: JON KINGWaitrose break in. Picture: JON KING

Three men wearing motorcycle helmets smashed a huge hole in a window at the front of the Waitrose in Finchley Road before bursting in and grabbing packets of cigarettes. They then fled in the direction of Kilburn High Road.

Although staff were inside the store at the time no one came across the gang. Police confirmed no one was injured.

Police were called at 2.25am this morning following reports of a burglary.

A Waitrose spokesman said: “We are thankful no one was hurt and are grateful to our staff who have worked hard to ensure we were able to welcome customers as normal this morning.

“The police must also be praised for their swift response and we continue to support them with their inquiries,” he added.

A Met spokeswoman said: “Detectives from the central north command unit are investigating an aggravated burglary at a commercial premises.

“Officers from Islington will investigate.”

There have been no arrests. Enquiries continue.

Anyone with information should call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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